This weekend I participated in an event called the "Tough Mudder." It is a 7-12 mile obstacle course that was designed by British Special forces to test strength, stamina, mental toughness and camaraderie. It took place in Pennsylvania on Saturday and it was one of the most amazing experiences. I did it with 12 other buys from my swim team. I was the only girl and initially it was very frightening with the looming fact that I was going to probably slow them down. Very soon into the challenge I realized that I could really do this and that I was running with 12 guys that I knew I could count on and trust to help me throughout the whole race. The Tough Mudder Pledge is the one thing that really struck me about the whole event. It goes: As a Tough Mudder I pledge that I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge. I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time. I do not whine-Kids whine. I help my fellow Mudders complete the course. I overcome all fear. Tough Mudder Video
That pledge really stuck with me throughout the whole "mudder." It was every emotion rolled into one. It was amazing, horrible, exciting, scary, fun and painful. The other people that were participating were fantastic. A lot of the obstacles required help from the people around you and they were always willing to assist. The teamwork and camaraderie was astounding. It really was an amazing experience and I would most definitely do it again.
Check out the Tough Mudder Website